Havij Polo | Persian Carrot Rice



This lovely carrot rice is such a treasure to find. The daughter loves carrots and can have it in any form. So I make this for our lunch and it results in two happy girls. This is a Persian carrot rice and is a little sweet in taste. Sugar is added as also cranberries sometime to give it a sweet flavour. Chicken is also added for the protein content. I replaced the sugar with raisins and the chicken with paneer because I did not want to add sugar when I could avoid it. The result was delicious and such an easy fix for a lazy day. So this dish is on my regular rotation now to make often for weekday lunches for a perfect mother daughter bonding session.

For more carrot recipes check out Honey glazed carrots, Oven roasted carrot soup, Carrot cake and Carrot Salad


Serves 2


3/4 cup Rice

4 Carrots, medium sized

100 gms Paneer, cubed

1 tsp Oil

1 tbsp Raisins

1 tsp Peppercorns, freshly crushed

2 tsp Milk

Pinch of saffron





  • Cook the rice with 1 1/2 cups water and set aside
  • Mix the saffron with the milk and set aside
  • Heat a pan and add oil
  • Add the raisins and fry for a minute and set aside
  • Chop the carrots and add it to the same pan
  • Fry it for a minute and add some water
  • Cover and cook on medium heat till the carrots are soft and tender
  • Once the water dries up, add the paneer and let cook for 2 minutes
  • Add the rice, salt, peppercorns and saffron
  • Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium flame
  • Serve warm with any raita of your choice
  • Enjoy!


  1. You can replace the paneer with soya chunks or tofu
  2. Add curry powder or garam masala for more spice


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi festival for the alphabet ‘H’

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. srividhya says:

    This is a complete new recipe for me. Thanks for sharing. The vegetarian version sounds delightful.

  2. Carrots and raisins are a combo made in heaven and taste awesome . Like the addition of paneer to the rice , must have tasted real good .
    Super lazy day recipe :))

  3. kalyani says:

    We have a carrot-eager little bunny at home, as well 🙂 she would love this variation .. great pick..

  4. Carrots and paneer makes it an absolutely delicious pulao. And it looks so colourful and pretty. Between, I made your garlic rice today and totally loved it.

  5. Carrots and panner is a unique combo. Sounds delicious

  6. Suma Gandlur says:

    You have Indianized the recipe to suit the palates of kids. Sounds interesting.

  7. harini says:

    Sounds like what my little one would love carrots, paneer and raisins and she is sold 🙂

  8. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Sounds like a delicious with all that paneer in it Sowmya!

  9. Love this version.. Carrot and Paneer yummy find.. I shall try with chicken soon!!

  10. Pavani says:

    This sounds delicious and tempting especially with all that paneer in it! It looks very colourful and pretty! Lovely share

  11. FoodTrails says:

    Kid will love this pulao, as it has all there favourite ingredients rice, carrots, raisins and paneer..los super tempting!!

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